Career criminal Harold Smith — who police believe gunned down Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen in an apparent botched robbery — had a history of car burglaries, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
Smith, the bike riding ex con who committed suicide as cops prepared to storm his low-rent Hollywood apartment, was charged with second degree burglary of Mercedes Benz on December 26, 1992.
Chasen was shot driving her Mercedes-Benz near the intersection of Whittier Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills, following an after-party for the film Burlesque.
The never-before-released criminal complaint, obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com, reveals Smith, aka Howard Jones, “willfully and unlawfully enter(ed) a motor vehicle, to wit, a 1974 Mercedes, the property of John Frances Moran, the doors of said motor vehicle being locked with the intent to commit larceny and any felony”.
On the same day, Smith also broke into 1991 Toyota Corolla with “the doors of said motor vehicle being locked, with the intent to commit larceny and any felony.”
Smith had previously served time for a drug conviction.
Ballistics test show the gun Smith, 43, used to blow his brains out last week matched the weapon from the November 16 murder of Chasen, according to Beverly Hills police.